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BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...
Michael DiBiase

Pandemic offers R.I. leaders a chance to reassess priorities

Rhode Island has been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic than most states, and the economic fallout has left the General Assembly with a...

Hospitals balk at proposals in Raimondo’s budget plan

Hospitals in Rhode Island stand to lose more than $17 million in state money and millions more in matching federal funds if a proposed...
THE HOUSE APPROVED A $9.6 BILLION fiscal 2019 budget on Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

House Finance Committee to consider 2019 state budget

PROVIDENCE – A key legislative committee on Friday is expected to take up revisions to the fiscal year 2019 state budget proposal released earlier...

Reconciliation line-item veto needed

As the General Assembly embarks on the second half of its 2018 session, Sen. Ryan William Pearson, D-Cumberland, has made a common-sense proposal for...
TAKING A GAMBLE: A customer reads information inside a betting shop operated by Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc., in London, in July 2015. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is among the state leaders who would like to see Rhode Island legalize sports betting. The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case this summer that could pave the way for that. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/Chris Ratcliffe

PBN on WJAR-TV, March 19, 2018, ‘Is sports betting a budget...

PROVIDENCE – Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC 10’s Coffee Break to discuss the newspaper’s most recent cover story...
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Rhode Island lawmakers unveil $9B state budget for fiscal 2018

(Updated: 12:52 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a revised $9.2 billion budget for fiscal 2018, which includes broad-based spending cuts and new expenditures...

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